Quino El Guardian

The inspiration behind the Quino was the time spent with marine biologist groups on our sister ship, the Rocio Del Mar. Our experience with them was so incredibly impactful that we wanted more. We believe that that we make the world a better place one diver at a time.

The Quino gives divers the opportunity to visit magical destinations such as Socorro, the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula at a lower price without compromising the level of service and delicious food our guests have come to know on the Rocio Del Mar.

The Quino offers truly unique diving experiences including Citizen Science Expeditions, regular dive charters, as well as the availability for other unique private charters. We all carry the concience and awareness that while we are privledged to have experienced the wonders of the underwater world, we also carry the responsibility to protect it. That is why the Quino El Guardian is created. She was once a fishing vessel and was redesigned into a ship whose sole purpose is for scuba diving and scientific research.

The vessel is 90 ft long with a 25 ft beam. The Quino comfortably accommodates 16 passengers with additional space for the group leaders with the crew.

There are 5 cabins: 4 quad cabins and 1 cabin with 2 beds
4 Quad Cabins

  • There are two bunks on each side equaling 4 beds, each with a privacy curtain
  • Each cabin is outfitted with 4 large drawers, one for each guest
  • Additional storage is available below the lower bunks
  • The cabins are arranged by gender

1 Dual Cabin

  • There are two bunks each with a privacy curtain 
  • This cabin is typically reserved for a couple

Each day you will enjoy a continental breakfast, full plated breakfast, plated lunch starting with a hot soup, afternoon snack, and a three course dinner including salad, entree and dessert. Hot and cold beverages are always available including canned soft drinks.  Complimentary beer and wine is available after your last dive of the day. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs and we will do our utmost to accommodate you. 

Air Conditioning: 
There is air conditioning throughout all interior areas including the restrooms for everyone’s comfort. Each cabin has an individually operated air conditioner that can be adjusted by the occupants.

There are 4 spacious, air conditioned bathrooms with a full size shower in each - each cabin is assigned a bathroom so guests can keep their toiletries, towels or personal items in the bathroom.

Comfortably accommodates all 16 passengers with a projector and a drop-down screen for group presentation.

The salon is comfortable with sofas, a TV and a computer table

Dive Deck:  
Very large and well organized with gear storage for all your diving equipment

Camera Table:  
Spacious with under storage and multiple outlets

Dive Platform:  
Large platform with easy access to the inflatables with a warm water rinse shower

Two onboard compressors - Nitrox available at an additional charge of $120 USD per diver

Large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs, perfect for relaxing between dives

Inflatable Dive Boats: 
2 inflatable boats with drivers to get you to the dive spots and back to the boat. Both have very sturdy ladders for the safety and ease of our divers. Divers remove their weights and BCD's in the water and hand them to the boat driver prior to climbing the ladder

Bathroom and dive deck towels are provided.  Towels are changed during the trip and as requested.

The Quino El Guardian is of the utmost sea worthiness and is approved by both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and all safety equipment required.

Sample Itinerary- Socorro
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species.  Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.

These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

This destination can only be dived by a liveaboard dive vessel. It lies 250 miles off Baja's southern shore and takes approximately 26 hours one-way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the open ocean nature of the islands, which sometimes include currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders and some incredible walls. There is not much in the way of coral as this is a cooler water destination.

Day 1 - Board the boat between 5pm-7pm the day of departure. After enjoying a wonderful dinner, relax on board the boat. The Quino departs just after midnight for Socorro and you arrive at San Benedicto in the morning giving you a full day of diving!

Day 2 – Day at Sea

Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled

Day 4 – Socorro, 3 dives scheduled (check in with Naval Station)

Day 5 – Socorro, 4 dives scheduled

Day 6 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled

Day 7 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled

Day 8 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo

Day 9 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo around 11pm. Guests may sleep on the boat.

Day 10 - Disembark by 8:30am

Sample Itinerary- Sea of Cortez
With clear, deep waters, abundant sea life, golden sandy beaches and inspiring vistas, the Sea of Cortez - known as the Gulf of California - is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating, and exploring diverse marine creatures. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium". Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, whale sharks, jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies. Hike and explore remote uninhabited islets. Dine under the stars in a calm anchorage, socialize with your shipmates and make new friends. All in a day aboard Quino el Guardian, combined with personalized service to enhance your live aboard safety and fun. Dive into your dreams and see what Sea of Cortez diving is all about.

Day 1 - Embark at 5pm in Puerto Peñasco.  Depart at 6pm

Day 2 - Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove
Sunset Zodiak Cruise with Sea Lions

Day 3 -  Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, Las Vivoras including a night dive

Day 4 - San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove

Day 5 - San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito
In afternoon we go looking for whales!

Day 6 - Salsipuedes & Animas
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, El Lavadero including a night dive

Day 7 - Baja and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Bahia De Los Angeles
Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca.
Start heading back to Puerto Penasco in afternoon

Day 8 - Disembark at 7am


Manta Research Trips

May 5 - 14, 2018
Steph Venables

Nov 26-Dec 5,2018
​Dr. Robert Rubin

Socorro Islands Manta Research
$3300 per person, quad occupancy

About the Trip
The islands of Socorro are one of the wildest and most breathtaking locations to encounter the ocean’s largest rays, the giant Manta Ray. Join researcher Steph Venables and the crew of the Quino El Guardian on this exciting citizen science expedition to meet the gentle giants of Socorro!

Not only will guests get the opportunity to dive and interact with these graceful and inquisitive rays, they will also be gaining in depth knowledge about Manta Rays and contributing to research by helping to collect ID photos of the mantas they encounter. Each manta has a unique spot pattern on its underside that can be used to identify an individual, just like a fingerprint. By keeping photographic records of mantas scientists can build a photographic catalogue of the population that can tell us about individuals and the population as a whole.

While on-board, guests will learn how to:
• Take identification photos of Manta Rays
• Distinguish between males and females and identify the maturity of an individual
• Recognize different types of manta behavior
• Record environmental conditions
• Process and organize ID photos
• Identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns

Regular evening presentations will give guests a greater insight into Manta Ray biology, ecology and behavior, outline global threats to mantas and describe research and conservation efforts around the world.


Get free airfare ($300) off May 2018 Cruises
​Citizen Science Manta Expedition
May 5-14, 2018 - $3300
May 15-24, 2018 - $3100
​May 25-Jun 3, 2018 - $3100

​$300 air credit on May trips only. New bookings only and cannot be combined with other specials.